Cut the carbs! I’m on a low carb diet!

Many people who are on a weight loss expedition view carbohydrates, (CH2O) n, as their enemy simply because excess carbohydrate consumption has been linked to weight gain (the bulge).

Love it or hate it, carbohydrates should not be completely excluded from the diet because carbs:

–          Provides us with a source of energy. They produce energy for the brain and nervous system

–          Is used as a storage medium. Animals and humans store excess carbs as glycogen whereas, plants store excess carbs as starch.

–          Provides stability and structural integrity to the plant cell walls, in the form of cellulose. Cellulose is comprised of strong resilient fibres and is polymer of beta- D- glucose. Humans cannot digest (breakdown) cellulose because we lack the beta (1-4) linkage.

–          Provide raw material for the production for biomolecules, i.e., carbs in the form of ribose is important in the formation of nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA.



Posted on February 9, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It really should focus on the types of carbs that are taken in. When you look at modern wheat there in lies the issue. Check out the book Wheat Belly for an extensive breakdown. Here is a talk by the author.

    Get the carbs from potatoes, rice, or other tubers. Also check out supplement alternatives. That is what I would recommend

    Clifford Mitchem
    Advocare Distributor
    Nutrition + Fitness = Health

  2. Reblogged this on chimmeral and commented:
    Hmm…interesting, I agree to a point. Firstly, I don’t think the structural function of carbs have anything to do with us (humans) and our diets as you rightfully stated that we don’t benefit from it. However, I think that if we remember the storage function of cabrs then after looking at our lifestyles we may find it indeed necessary to be on a low carb diet.
    If we eat more carbs than your body can metabolise on a daily, then you’re pretty much just packing on the fat. What happens is that the body detects excess glucose in your blood, and secrets a hormone, insulin, to restore your blood glucose level to normal. Insulin is responsible, for glycogenesis, which is the conversion of glucose to glycogen. So in other words, if you don’t want to take responsible for being fat then blame your pancreas, because its beta cells produce the “fat-making”insulin. Order you could just cut out the carbs! 🙂 (unless you’re an athlete, then you should keep the carbs because you’ll needem for energy) –Zee

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